Lincoln Says He Sent 7 Emails To Scott Gimple About THIS Scene

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-11-30

“Just so you know, I sent maybe seven emails to [showrunner] Scott Gimple around the subject before we shot it,” said Andrew Lincoln, in regards to Rick Grimes not shooting Negan during the premiere.

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“What we wanted to do was offer up a deal,” added the actor. “if we had taken him out straight away, the war would’ve just been off to the races. It was an aggressive counterstrike,” concluded Andrew Lincoln.

“We wanted to give them the offer first: you surrender,” he said.

Andrew Lincoln Talks Rick’s First Attack

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Many fans were concerned not to see Rick Grimes show up and start shooting. Instead, he fired three warning shots after they set up outside the fence. Protected with their vehicles, they waited for Negan.

A moment later, Negan arrived with his Lieutenants and apologized for being in a meeting. At that point, Rick told them all to surrender and then he started to count down from 10, 9, 8, 7… before he opened fire on the Sanctuary.

“Obviously, he’s not gonna surrender,” said Andrew Lincoln about Negan.

“A Big Show Of Force…” 

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The actor added, “We don’t wanna lose any lives so it’s a big show of force…blow it up, retreat, and use the walker army, which are the dead. You will find out [in upcoming episodes] the whole plan.”

Scott Gimple added that Rick Grimes is only offering the possibility of surrender to everyone else. For Negan (and maybe even Eugene), there is no chance of surrender. Negan must die.

After the first shots are fired, there’s a moment when Rick Grimes is shooting at Negan repeatedly. If it wasn’t for Father Gabriel, Rick Grimes would have stood there shooting until the walkers attacked him.

Scott Gimple clarified the action once more: “The next step for everybody is pretty heavy and intense. If in fact Negan’s other lieutenants had given up, it would have been over.”

We think Rick Grimes made the right decision, even if he didn’t get what he wanted in the first attack.

Do you think Rick Grimes made the right decision during this attack?

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